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Shropshire egg supplier fined for worker's fall

05-05-2012

A Shropshire egg supplier has been prosecuted after a female worker suffered serious foot injuries falling through a hole in the floor of a poultry barn.

The 43-year-old Shropshire woman fractured two bones in her left ankle and the heel bone in her right ankle as result of the fall on 26 July 2011. The injuries have prevented her returning to work at Staveley’s Eggs Ltd., where she had been an egg packer for six years.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court yesterday that floorboards had been taken up for building work immediately behind a door regularly used by the worker on an upper floor. No warning signs had been posted and no one had informed her of the repair work being carried out.

Staveley’s Eggs Ltd. of ‘The Poplars’, Warrant Road, Stoke-on-Tern, Market Drayton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6(3) and 11 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was today fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £2,386 costs.

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